For a five year span in the 1990s, Dave Navarro played guitar in Red Hot Chili Peppers. He came aboard as John Frusciante’s replacement in 1993, and aided in the recording of the band’s 1995 LP One Hot Minute. Following an extensive world tour in support of the album, Chili Peppers returned to the studio with Navarro to begin working on a follow-up. However, Navarro’s crippling drug addiction stifled the album’s recording process, and he eventually split from the band in April 1998.
Remarkably, fans have never before heard anything from Chili Peppers’ 1998 studio sessions with Navarro — that was until now. As Alternative Nation points out, a track called “Circle of the Noose” has emerged online, whose veracity has since been confirmed by Navarro himself.
Navarro actually discussed the track in a 1997 interview, saying, “One of the songs we’ve done is the greatest pop song I’ve ever been a part of … It’s pop in the sense of verse, chorus, verse, chorus, bridge, hook. I really love it and we use a loop of [qawwali singer] Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. It’s really nice. The best way I can describe it is it’s like pepped- up ’60s folk with ’90s ideals, but I would hate to label it as folk because it’s not, it moves.”
Listen to “Circle of the Noose” below.
In related news, frontman Anthony Kiedis says Chili Peppers are “in the home stretch” of finishing their next album, featuring Josh Klinghoffer on guitar.